11 amusement parks around the US that go all-out for Halloween



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    Amusement parks around the US have special ways of
    celebrating the Halloween season. 
  
  Disney parks in California and
  Florida dress their classic characters in seasonal costumes and
  feature events and rides that focus on spooky characters and
  villains.
  
  This year, Universal Studios in
  Florida and California will be hosting frightening attractions
  based on "Stranger Things" and the horror movie
  "Us."
  Knott's Berry Farm and Busch
  Gardens don't hold back, offering horrific, undead mazes and
  adventures.
  
  
    
    Cedar Point and Kings Island in Ohio have scary attractions
    for adults and kid-friendly events. 
  
  
    
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  Amusement parks aren't just a summer destination - lots of theme
  parks in the US celebrate fall with spooky Halloween programming.
  Here's how 11 amusement parks around the country celebrate the
  scariest of seasons.
Slide 2 of 12: 
  There's Halloween fun to be had at 
  both Anaheim, California, parks, and the spooky season has
  already begun.
  Starting early September and running through October 31 at
  Disneyland, you can catch classic Disney characters dressed up
  for Halloween, "Nightmare Before Christmas" characters at the
  Haunted Mansion, the Main Street Pumpkin Festival, and the
  Halloween Screams show featuring some classic villains. 
  At Disney California Adventure, look out for "Cars" decked out in
  costume, the 
  Oogie Boogie Bash celebration, the Graveyard JamBOOree ride,
  and the "Guardians of the Galaxy"-themed Monsters After Dark
  ride.
  And don't miss the 
  seasonal, themed snacks at both parks, like the Vampire Alien
  Macaron at Alien Pizza Planet or the Ghost-ly Pepper Nachos at
  Lamplight Lounge.
Slide 3 of 12: 
  Meanwhile, in Florida, Disney World's Magic Kingdom ensures that
  even young kids can participate in the festivities.
  
  Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party runs nights from
  mid-August through October 31, and involves characters decked out
  for Halloween, fireworks, a parade, trick-or-treating, and more.
  
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  dedicated to Halloween, selling everything from a Cinderella
  pumpkin to a poison apple mug
Slide 4 of 12: 
  From
  mid-September to early November the California Berry Farm
  takes a turn for the freaky.
  Mazes, shows, and rides become infiltrated by evil clowns and
  undead creatures for these dark seasonal attractions. The park
  also turns certain areas into "Scare Zones," where spookily
  dressed characters walk around and can pop out and frighten you.
Slide 5 of 12: 
  Six Flags has
  over 10 different parks, spanning from California to New Jersey
  to  Massachusetts, and come the fall season they all host their
  own version of Fright Fest.
  You can explore scary fun houses rife with zombies and killer
  clowns, see live Halloween shows, and ride roller coasters decked
  out in horrific decor.
  Specific attractions and dates vary between parks, but Fright
  Fest generally runs for about a month starting in late September.
Slide 6 of 12: 
  It's only fitting that a theme park built around the iconic
  chocolate bar would get in on the trick-or-treat
  action.
  For three weekends throughout October and November, kids can get
  candy along the Trick-or-Treat Trail between the three main
  areas: Hershey's Chocolate World, Hersheypark, and ZooAmerica.
  Additionally, some of the roller coasters in the park hold
  lights-out rides and guests can visit the Creatures of the Night
  attraction, which features 
  nocturnal zoo animals.
Slide 7 of 12: 
  The Ohio
  amusement park has its own scary mazes running September
  through October, like KillMart and the Backwoods Bayou.
  It also has zombies and other spooky characters lurking around
  the park. Plus, younger
  guests can enjoy HalloTween and The Great Pumpkin Fest for
  more wholesome fall fun like mazes
  and trick-or-treating.
Slide 8 of 12: 
  Over in Sandusky,
  Ohio, Cedar Point (which is owned by the same parent company
  as Kings Island) gets in on the Halloween action as well.
  The Great
  Pumpkin Fest happens here, too, for family-friendly fun that
  includes mazes, live entertainment, and trick-or-treating.
  But guests looking for thrills can experience a haunted cornfield
  attraction, meet fortune tellers, explore a witches' lair, and
  enjoy spooky foods from the Dead End Kitchen Alley food truck.
Slide 9 of 12: 
  From late September to early November, the Busch-Gardens
  amusement parks in Florida
  and Virginia
  go dark for Howl-O-Scream.
  Both parks have their array of intricate haunted houses and
  mazes, and the Williamsburg park is now home to spooky escape
  rooms.
Slide 10 of 12: 
  In both the Orlando, Florida, and Hollywood, California,
  locations, "Stranger Things" fans can delight in a visit to a
  maze inspired by 
  Hawkins, Indiana, circa 1985.
  But that's not all - they can also explore a haunted house themed
  after Jordan
  Peele's latest movie, "Us," a "Ghostbusters" maze, and more
  attractions, shows, and games inspired by popular horror movies
  and shows.
Slide 11 of 12: 
  The Jefferson, New Hampshire, park may be 
  Christmas-themed, but it doesn't skip out on the fall fun.
  Guests are encouraged to come in costume and trick-or-treat, and
  the park gets decked out in seasonal, spooky, and autumnal decor.
  There's even a 
  costume parade. 
  Santa Claus still makes an appearance at the events, because
  apparently even he can't resist Halloween.
Slide 12 of 12: 
  For a couple of weeks leading up to Halloween,
  the Pennsylvania amusement park gets decked out in spooky fall
  garb.
  The park has family-friendly fun, including trick-or-treating for
  kids who come in costume, and Halloween-themed rides, games, and
  scares. 
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Amusement parks aren’t just a summer destination – lots of theme
parks in the US celebrate fall with spooky Halloween programming.

Here’s how 11 amusement parks around the country celebrate the
scariest of seasons.

Disneyland and Disney California Adventure have tons of special decorations and events.

There’s Halloween fun to be had at
both Anaheim, California, parks, and the spooky season has
already begun.

Starting early September and running through October 31 at
Disneyland, you can catch classic Disney characters dressed up
for Halloween, “Nightmare Before Christmas” characters at the
Haunted Mansion, the Main Street Pumpkin Festival, and the
Halloween Screams show featuring some classic villains.

At Disney California Adventure, look out for “Cars” decked out in
costume, the
Oogie Boogie Bash celebration, the Graveyard JamBOOree ride,
and the “Guardians of the Galaxy”-themed Monsters After Dark
ride.

And don’t miss the
seasonal, themed snacks at both parks, like the Vampire Alien
Macaron at Alien Pizza Planet or the Ghost-ly Pepper Nachos at
Lamplight Lounge.

Disney World has all kinds of age-appropriate fun.

Meanwhile, in Florida, Disney World’s Magic Kingdom ensures that
even young kids can participate in the festivities.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party runs nights from
mid-August through October 31, and involves characters decked out
for Halloween, fireworks, a parade, trick-or-treating, and more. 

Knott’s Berry Farm turns into Knott’s Scary Farm.

From
mid-September to early November the California Berry Farm
takes a turn for the freaky.

Mazes, shows, and rides become infiltrated by evil clowns and
undead creatures for these dark seasonal attractions. The park
also turns certain areas into “Scare Zones,” where spookily
dressed characters walk around and can pop out and frighten you.

Six Flags celebrates Fright Fest around the country.

Six Flags has
over 10 different parks, spanning from California to New Jersey
to Massachusetts, and come the fall season they all host their
own version of Fright Fest.

You can explore scary fun houses rife with zombies and killer
clowns, see live Halloween shows, and ride roller coasters decked
out in horrific decor.

Specific attractions and dates vary between parks, but Fright
Fest generally runs for about a month starting in late September.

Chocolate-loving Pennsylvanians can enjoy Hersheypark in the Dark.

It’s only fitting that a theme park built around the iconic
chocolate bar would get in on the trick-or-treat
action.

For three weekends throughout October and November, kids can get
candy along the Trick-or-Treat Trail between the three main
areas: Hershey’s Chocolate World, Hersheypark, and ZooAmerica.

Additionally, some of the roller coasters in the park hold
lights-out rides and guests can visit the Creatures of the Night
attraction, which features
nocturnal zoo animals.

Kings Island throws an annual Halloween Haunt.

The Ohio
amusement park has its own scary mazes running September
through October, like KillMart and the Backwoods Bayou.

It also has zombies and other spooky characters lurking around
the park. Plus, younger
guests can enjoy HalloTween and The Great Pumpkin Fest for
more wholesome fall fun like mazes
and trick-or-treating.

Cedar Point hosts its famous HalloWeekends.

Over in Sandusky,
Ohio, Cedar Point (which is owned by the same parent company
as Kings Island) gets in on the Halloween action as well.

The Great
Pumpkin Fest happens here, too, for family-friendly fun that
includes mazes, live entertainment, and trick-or-treating.

But guests looking for thrills can experience a haunted cornfield
attraction, meet fortune tellers, explore a witches’ lair, and
enjoy spooky foods from the Dead End Kitchen Alley food truck.

Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay, Florida, and Williamsburg, Virginia, host Howl-O-Scream.

From late September to early November, the Busch-Gardens
amusement parks in Florida
and Virginia
go dark for Howl-O-Scream.

Both parks have their array of intricate haunted houses and
mazes, and the Williamsburg park is now home to spooky escape
rooms.

Universal Studios holds Halloween Horror Nights.

In both the Orlando, Florida, and Hollywood, California,
locations, “Stranger Things” fans can delight in a visit to a
maze inspired by
Hawkins, Indiana, circa 1985.

But that’s not all – they can also explore a haunted house themed
after Jordan
Peele’s latest movie, “Us,” a “Ghostbusters” maze, and more
attractions, shows, and games inspired by popular horror movies
and shows.

Santa’s Village throws its own Silly Spooky Halloween.

The Jefferson, New Hampshire, park may be
Christmas-themed, but it doesn’t skip out on the fall fun.

Guests are encouraged to come in costume and trick-or-treat, and
the park gets decked out in seasonal, spooky, and autumnal decor.
There’s even a
costume parade.

Santa Claus still makes an appearance at the events, because
apparently even he can’t resist Halloween.

Knoebels in Elysburg, Pennsylvania celebrates Hallo-Fun during October.

For a couple of weeks leading up to Halloween,
the Pennsylvania amusement park gets decked out in spooky fall
garb.

The park has family-friendly fun, including trick-or-treating for
kids who come in costume, and Halloween-themed rides, games, and
scares. 

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